Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Other name: Kooiker

Photo: adult dog of Nederlandse Kooikerhondje breed
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Life expectancy

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 14 and 16 in
Male Between 15 and 17 in

Adult weight

Female Between 22 and 33 lb
Male Between 22 and 33 lb
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Purchase price

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje costs between £600 and £1000

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More details about the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje: Origins and history

This rare Dutch breed has been spotted in old family portraits which date back as far back as the 1500s. However, the breed was intensely developed in 1600s Holland, when it was popular as a working dog who lured ducks into cages.

However, the breed declined following the end of WWI, when more advanced guns meant shooting ducks was easier, and by 1939 only 25 Kooiker’s were known to exist. Thankfully, after a Dutch baroness took an interest in the breed, the breed gained some popularity and breeding momentum. They were eventually recognised as a breed in 1971.

FCI classification of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 2 : Flushing Dogs

Training a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

This breed is incredibly easy to train. They’ll shock you with how quickly they pick things up! At times, their stubborn streak may show - but it’s nothing that plenty of positive reinforcement can’t sort out (this breed loves to please!).

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje: Purchase price

The Kooiker is hard to come by in the UK, but we’d estimate that this pooch would set you back between £600 for a Non KC Registered dogs, and £1,000 for a KC registered dog.

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £90 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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